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Retribution Gospel Choir @ Schubas in May (more by Grant MacAllister)

Retribution Gospel Choir, the side project of Low members Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington, are gearing up for the release of their third full length album, called 3... of course, due out on January 22 via Chaperone Records. A self-induced Q&A with Mr. Sparhawk explains things pretty well:

Q: How do you follow-up a four-song 7"?
A: With a two-song full-length.

One song per side, this radio-format-challenged record will come out January 22, 2013 on Chaperone Records. Side A "Can't Walk Out" is the crown jewel of recent RGC live shows with it's repetitive, building, almost free, freakout - so far, probably the most accurate recording of what the band brings to the stage. Side B "Seven" sees the more sprawling side of the band - haunting, epic, and enhanced throughout by guest guitarist Nels Cline. These songs were tracked live, playing together in the same room, one take each.

A friend of mine used to play Frank Zappa's "Uncle Meat" at 16 rpm all the time. How do you recover from that?

You don't.

stay warm - Alan Sparhawk

Retribution Gospel Choir will be touring the US in support of 3 this winter. That tour includes a February 9 performance at Schubas - where they played when they were last in town. Tickets go on sale TODAY at noon CST. All RGC tour dates are listed below.

In related news, Low are also releasing a new album in 2013. The Jeff Tweedy-produced LP will be arriving on March 19, and marks Low's 20th anniversary as an outfit. You can check out a trailer for that album at the bottom of this post.

All RGC tour dates and a trailer for Low's 10th LP are below...

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photos by Grant MacAllister

Retribution Gospel Choir @ Schubas on 5/03/2012
Retribution Gospel Choir

"There's a big hole in the wall, watch out for that," Retribution Gospel Choir frontman Alan Sparhawk deadpanned midway through the band's headlining set at Schubas on Thursday night--referencing the hastily patched aftermath of a taxi's collision with the venue earlier that day. Unlike that careening vehicle, RGC's set traversed a straight-ahead course, a thunderous set which stood in stark contrast to Sparhawk's work with slowcore pioneers Low. [Time Out Chicago]
Despite the cab that punched a hole in the wall early that morning (we have some pictures of the temporary repairs), Retribution Gospel Choir's May 3rd show at Schubas went off without a hitch. Main support came from locals Small Awesome, and we've got pictures of both acts below...

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Low @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion in June (more by Grant MacAllister)

As mentioned, Low are heading out on tour this spring across North America with Death Cab For Cutie (backed by the Magik*Magik Orchestra). The tour hits Chicago on April 16 and spends two nights in a row at The Chicago Theatre. Tickets for the first night are sold out. Tickets for the second night are still available and we've also got a pair to give away! Details on how to enter to win them can be found below.

Though Low have been semi-quiet lately, frontman Alan Sparhawk has been keeping busy with his other project The Retribution Gospel Choir. RGC released a free EP, dubbed The Revolution, back in February via Sub Pop. The Revolution is now available in physical formats as well. You can catch Alan and co. when they visit Schubas on May 3. Tickets are still available.

All 2012 tour dates, some videos, and contest details, below..

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Retribution Gospel Choir featuring Low frontman Alan Sparhawk, have just released a new EP dubbed The Revolution. You can download the album via a widget below, but you have to forfeit your email address in order to do so. RGC have announced a short string of North American dates, which includes a May 3 performance at Schubas. Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 2), at noon CST.

Low are playing two nights (April 16 & 17) at The Chicago Theatre with Death Cab For Cutie. Tickets are still available for both dates.

All RGC and Low dates, plus The Revolution EP, below..

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